The certificate in ESOL is designed for students who wish to learn English to apply employment skills they bring from other countries. Students who wish to apply to this program need to complete the ELL Verification Form in addition to the college application.
Students are tested to determine their level of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. People who are just beginning to learn English will qualify for several levels of non-credit Basic ESL classes through the Division of Corporate and Continuing Education. These non-credit courses do not earn college credit, but will prepare students to communicate well at work and in the community.
Those who place into Intermediate or Advanced ESL may need several courses before they earn their certificate. Students will take only the courses they need in Reading and Vocabulary, Writing and Grammar, and Listening and Speaking. Professional educators in the ESL Multimedia Lab are available to help students study independently outside of class, so that they can progress as quickly as possible through ESL. Students are encouraged to retest between semesters if they believe they are ready to skip the next level.
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